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September 26, 2012
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  • Researchers suggest space-time crystal design
    Researchers led by Xiang Zhang of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California have proposed a design for an eternal clock, which could keep time even after the universe no longer exists. The team said it has come up with a design for a four-dimensional crystal that was proposed by physicist Frank Wilczek this year. They propose to use an electric field in the crystal's construction to trap ions and take advantage of Coulomb repulsion, a natural repulsion between particles with the same electric charge. (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Cinnamon improves glucose levels among diabetic patients
    Type 2 diabetes patients who received cinnamon supplements attained better fasting blood glucose, HbA1C and triglyceride levels compared with the control group, a small study indicated. Significant improvements in body weight and fat mass were also observed in the cinnamon group, researchers noted in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine. (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Bleeding risk offsets benefit of new anticoagulants
    Increased bleeding risks linked to the new oral anticoagulants dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban are not outweighed by the drugs' benefits in reducing ischemic events in patients with acute coronary syndrome, according to an analysis of trials published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The review looked at data on 31,286 patients who participated in studies from 2000 to 2011. "When both composite ischemic events and major bleeding events were taken into account, the use of new-generation oral anticoagulant agents showed no difference in net clinical benefit," researchers wrote. MedPage Today(free registration) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common virus shows promise in curing acne
    Bacteriophage viruses could be a cure for acne, according to a study by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh and University of California at Los Angeles. Researchers suspect that the viruses could be used to develop acne medicines. They found that Propionibacterium acnes phages have almost identical genomes, likely caused by their restricted and distinct habitat. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists find that most Colo. state fish were misidentified
    All the fish thought to be greenback cutthroats, the state fish of Colorado, in the remote lakes and streams east of the Continental Divide are actually either a strain called lineage GB or are Colorado River strain cutthroats, according to a study by scientists led by Jessica Metcalf of the University of Colorado. Researchers confirmed that a small population of the fish species, which are the only true greenbacks on Earth, exists in Bear Creek, a part of the drainage of the Arkansas River near Colorado Springs. Field & Stream magazine online/Fly Talk blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IBM shows CPV system's use for desalination in deserted areas
    IBM demonstrated the newest application of its water-cooled concentrated photovoltaic system at its Swiss laboratory in Zurich last week. The firm exhibited that solar energy-producing microprocessors could power desalination systems in deserted or dry areas such as the Sahara. The power produced by IBM's system is better than regular solar power, since it ensures optimum efficiency and produces hot water that can be used for any intention. New Scientist/One Per Cent blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NASA issues report on ways to bring Martian rock samples to Earth
    NASA's Mars Program Planning Group released a report laying out options to gather and bring samples of Martian rocks and soil to Earth. The samples could help the agency's plans for human exploration of the Red Planet. MPPG was formed to help change NASA's Mars strategy amid funding cuts to its robotic exploration initiative. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navy names ship in honor of Neil Armstrong
    The U.S. Navy has confirmed that it is naming the first of the Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research vessels after the late astronaut and naval aviator Neil Armstrong. The ship will feature a sonar to allow it to examine the ocean floor and laboratories for experiments. It will also be equipped with a diesel-electric propulsion system and a special hull to divert bubbles that affect sonar activities. Forbes (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NSB: Disparity in budget cuts for 101 research-intensive universities
    A report released by the National Science Board indicated that the cuts in state funds for 101 research-intensive public universities vary by state. "The Nation's public research universities play a vital role in preparing the next generation of innovators," NSB Board Chairman Dan Arvizu wrote in the report. "[T]he Board is concerned with the continued ability of these institutions to provide affordable, quality education and training to a broad range of students." Insider blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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